Course Title: Advanced Medical Electronics and Instrumentation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Medical Electronics and Instrumentation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Arman Ahnood

Course Coordinator Phone: + 61

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 203.3.36

Course Coordinator Availability: Email foran appointment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The aim of this course is to learn common advanced techniques to design advanced biomedical devices, such as: digital and analogue electronics, wireless power, data telemetry, as well as some safety aspects of modern medical devices. Thecoursekicks off by examining properties of biosignals such as EEG, ECG and Oximetry.Building on this, we will examine systemand circuitrequirements for devices whichmonitor these signals. Analogue circuit elements such as high-order active filters, biopotential amplifiers,ADC converters, and digital circuitsare discussed in detail.Having introduced the core of the system, we will exam ways which they can be powered as well as communication links. The final part of the course introduces electrical safety aspects of medical devices.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem-solving.

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:   1.Understand key attributes of biosignals and the subsequent circuit and system requirements. 2.Understand of the theory and design methods for advanced analogue circuit elements used in medical devices. 3.Understandhowvarious digital circuit elementswork, their attributes and how they can be used in medical devices. 4.Understand how wireless power/data telemetry works and its application in medical settings. 5.Review thesafety factors and circuit elements used in a modern medical device. 6.Design and construct a pulsed oximetry circuit –including PCB design and soldering. 


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this course include face-to-face lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals. The basic theoretical background will be explained in the lectures and various real-world engineering problems will be discussed in tutorials. The basic principles will also be demonstrated and reinforced through the laboratory sessions.

Student learning occurs through the following experiences and evaluation processes:

Weekly lectures (weeks 1 to 12).

Weekly laboratories (weeks 2 to 11).

Weekly tutorials (weeks 2 to 11).

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through RMITUniversity’s online systems.

Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

You will also use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1: Multiple choice mid-semester test.

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2,3


Assessment Task 2: Group practical project.

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 6


Assessment Task 3: Individualassignment(case study report).

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4.


Assessment 4: Final Exam(multiple choiceand short answer questions).

Weighting 40%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3,4, 5